The Gold Coast Suns move into positive territory this week for the first time in their history after comfortably beating Geelong for the Gary Ablett Junior Cup. The Suns’ rise from terrible to respectably average is similar to that of Port Adelaide’s in 2013, and like the Power last year they look a good chance to play in the finals. They will also be hoping that, like the Power in 2014, they continue on an upward trajectory from average to really very good.
Meanwhile, about 80 kilometres away, the other Queensland team the Brisbane Lions has sunk to depths not seen not in Woolloongabba for some years. The Lions’ 70-odd point loss to the Dockers’ last weekend did not see them lose too many more ranking points (it was only a bit more than the margin that was expected), but they have still declined the most of any team so far in 2014.
ALSO OF NOTE
Usually this time of year I do a mid-year All-Australian team. But I have watched so little AFL since Richmond’s Demon Doomsday a few weeks back that I couldn’t even pretend to know who the best 22 have been this year, aside from the obvious picks like G. Ablett and S. Pendlebury. I will try and muster up enough interest though to sham my way through picking an end-of-year side.